Friday, May 24, 2013

Popping a Lens: Twice

I've been short-changing myself on sleep this week: far from a good idea.

That might be part of the reason that I dropped my 'task' glasses today. Twice. Actually, the first time I brushed against them, tried to stop them from falling by pushing on them with my arm: at which point the right lens popped out and bounced - - - elsewhere.

I tried to get the lens back in, using tools we have on hand: without success. A few minutes at the eye doctor's fixed the situation, though.

An hour or so later, I managed to slide the glasses off some papers and onto the floor. This time the left lens popped off. Back to the shop, where I learned that these frames don't play well with the lenses. Not with my prescription. The solution is for me to be really careful about flexing the frames.

That, I can do.

#1 daughter and I made a trip down to Cold Spring, near St. Cloud, to drop off a state-government-agency-related document. That was fun: nice weather, no road construction to speak of, and about two hours to talk. That was between the two 'fix the glasses' jaunts.

My son had questions about high-definition programming through our cable provider: and wound up saving the household a tidy sum in reduced rates. In the process I gave the provider authorization to talk with him about technical issues: he's the best techie in the family.

Now, I need to get some sleep.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Living in Central Minnesota with Central Air

We got central air conditioning installed late last week. My wife set it to keep temperatures inside at 74 degrees Fahrenheit or less. That's a little warmish: but we like seasonal variations, and it's fun to wear summer clothing in summer.

Then came storms, and highs in the 50s. A few minutes ago the heating part of the system kicked in.

I like living in Minnesota: the weather isn't boring.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

"Creative:" I Like That

This is one of the nicest things I've been told:
"[I'm a] Catholic convert too, [a] retired teacher following you on Twitter. You have [an] interesting, positive, creative lifestyle. God bless you."
The original was in 'Tweeteese' - or 'Textlish?' I omitted out the person's name, out of privacy concerns. But - thanks!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Summer: And Strong Thunderstorms

Just a quick note: this morning, about 1:50 a.m. and 2:15 a.m., thunderstorms went through town. I haven't noticed any damage here, aside from a scattering of twigs and leaves on the ground. I stayed up for the event, since the warning mentioned half-dollar-size hail. Hail we got: half-dollar-size, not so much. Can't say I'm disappointed.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Central Air: After Only Three Decades!

When I got back from seeing a demonstration of Universal Robots's UR-5 in Fargo yesterday, the house was cooler than I expected. As of Thursday afternoon, we have central air: something my wife has been waiting for since we moved in, about three decades back. Me, too.

Roof repairs are done, and we're still looking forward to wrapping up some long-awaited maintenance and replacement. It's nice to be able to get this done.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Meditation and Power Tools

I put in an hour at the St. Faustina Meditation Chapel earlier this afternoon. Meditation hasn't been one of my strong suits, probably never will be, and that's another topic. (A Catholic Citizen in America (May 3, 2013))

When I got home again, the sounds from power tools were added to the rattling, pounding, and scraping I've been hearing overhead. We're getting some (long-overdue) work done on part of the house.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that the symphony for circular saws and hammers doesn't help my concentration: and I've got a 24 hours less that I'd planned for, to get Fridays post finished.

Make that "posts." There's one I'd forgotten about.

Other than that, the week's been fairly uneventful: except for the reason I'm coming up a day short, and that's yet another topic.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Good News: I've Got a Fever

As good news goes, it does get better than this. I'm running a slight fever.

It's not enough to warrant concern. I'd have to be a huge hypochondriac to be worried about it.

On the other hand, it explains rather neatly why I feel the way I do: fuzzy.

I've finished the dishes, done ever 'urgent' task, and now plan to relax: a lot.

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Monday: Finally, I Can - Relax?

If you follow me on Google+, 'never mind.' I posted most of this on G+ a little earlier today. (May 6, 2031)

Last week wasn't hectic for me, but not dull either. I was catching up on sleep lost to a 'need it fifteen minutes ago' task when my wife reminded me that we were going out of state for the weekend.

No problem: I wrap up Friday and Sunday's posts, schedule them to show up at the right time, and drive to North Dakota. While there, I enjoy time with #2 daughter and daughter-in-law, and start catching up on the previous weekend's sleep: plus what I'd borrowed for the current weekend.

Surprisingly, the cold I'd been dodging didn't catch up with me until today. It must have gotten winded in the process, because it's a puny thing.

For most folks with 9-to-5 jobs, Monday is when they trudge back to the cubicle for another five days of toil. For me, it's the day when I get to relax: except for a Knights of Columbus bulletin that I would have been finishing on the weekend, if I'd been in Minnesota; and the next set of posts; and - - - at least my life's not boring.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

New Glasses: For Me, a Big Deal

I picked up new glasses this afternoon. The prescription is basically the same, and this time I hadn't broken a frame.

The new pair are 'task glasses,' helping me focus at about the distance covered by the center part of my trifocals. I finally got tired of only being able to see about a third of my computer screen in focus without moving my head. Convenience aside, I'm pretty sure that my recent run-in with joints and nerves was caused partly by the awkward poses I had to maintain to see the screen.

I've been using the new ones for about five hours now. It's a huge improvement.

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